Originally Posted by pLuhhmm
I have to think they are going to sell any data they gather from you.
USE OF YOUR INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Marketing. We use your information to offer you our products and services as well as third party products and services to you that may be of interest to you. This may include passing your information on to a third party. For additional information about how a third party might use your information, please see the section below entitled, "Sharing Information with Third Parties."
Where permitted by law, and if you have not opted out, for telemarketing purposes;
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It's no more private than any other mobile provider but with telemarketing.
From discussions on Slickdeals and elsewhere, it seems like they try to trick you into accepting a bunch of extra-cost options (at least with their hotspot plans, I assume this will be the same). Like they'll enroll you in a $3.95/month option for 3G fallback in areas where WiMax isn't available. The opt-out link is easy to miss, and then the only way to switch back to the free plan is to call them. Just be aware of the gotchas before signing up.
Their business model
So how can Stokols afford to give away wireless service? Thank the wonders of technology. FreedomPop converts all voice calls into data packets (much the way Skype does on PCs) and runs them over bandwidth purchased wholesale from Sprint’s network. The cost of wholesale data is one-fourth to one-fifth the price of renting voice minutes, and calls use a relatively small amount of data (a three-minute call requires only about 500 kilobytes). The voice quality of FreedomPop’s calling app is often superior to regular cellular service. I tried it and was impressed. In the future, says Stokols, all the big carriers are going to move their voice calls over to data networks.
Stokols began validating his freemium model eight months ago when FreedomPop rolled out its first devices, such as a 4G USB stick, a MiFi-style personal hot spot, home broadband and a sleeve attachment that turns an iPod Touch into an Internet phone. FreedomPop has hundreds of thousands of accounts, and Stokols expects to sell millions of units by the end of next year.
FreedomPop entices new customers with the free plan but then plies them with a host of $3.99-a-month service offerings such as faster download speeds, monthly rollover of unused data and device insurance. More than 45% of its customers now pay something, either via monthly plans (25% of customers) or added features (28%). These add-on services have 90% gross margins.
FreedomPop’s closest competitor is Republic Wireless, which has $19-per-month service but uses a proprietary Motorola handset, not popular Android models, and runs only on 3G. Republic’s unlimited plan is $29.99 versus FreedomPop’s $11.99 unlimited plan.
They're basically a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) like NET10, Consumer cellular, MetroPCS, H2O Wireless, Ptel, Puretalk, SIMPLE, Tracfone, Spot mobile, Straight talk, Lycamobile, etc. Not having to build and maintain towers or stores cuts most of the costs (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon).
By definition an "unlocked" phone only works on GSM, so T-Mobile/ATT networks.Edited by AlphaC - 10/1/13 at 7:01pm